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Wilcox County Reacts to New Plant Announcement

WILCOX CO., AL (WSFA) -

Wilcox County will see one of the largest economic development projects in years.

Golden Dragon Copper of China will build a $100 million dollar plant there.

It will be located on Wilcox County Road 27 in the Sunny South community just a few miles from the Pine Hill city limits.

Many Wilcox county residents say this is a big deal!

"Everybody's very excited about it. We just need some kind of industry. A lot of us in the Black Belt loose business and industries. It's great to hear your going to gain something," Arlington resident John Creswell said.

"I feel like this will bring more businesses and things like that and it's really going to be amazing," Arlington resident Anne Capps said.

Initially, the plant was going to be in Thomasville, but engineers wanted a bigger plant and found land near Pine Hill.

In his last term, after serving 20 years as Pine Hill mayor, Harry Mason is glad to see this happen.

"It's the biggest project we've had in a long time," Mason said.

"They had almost given up on economic development in Wilcox county," Wilcox County Commission Chair Michael Saulsberry said.

Officials say Wilcox county is the 15th poorest in the U.S. They believe this project is the first major step in reducing their high unemployment and poverty rates.

The new plant will be located on 135 acres. Residents and officials say it will give hope to an area that hasn't seen a big industry in almost 50 years.

"since the paper mill located here in the 1960's. We think this will be the first opportunity that we've had in years to created a great many new jobs," Wilcox County Industrial Development Authority Manager George Alford, Jr. said.

The plant is expected to employ 300 people initially, with the potential to expand to 500 workers.

"So this would potentially be the largest employer in Wilcox county," Alford said.

An economic boost that will hopefully results in an economic turnaround.

Officials say attracting the plant to the area was a multi-entity effort that included Pine hill, Wilcox county, Wilcox county Industrial Authority, Thomasville, Thomasville Industrial Board and the Wilcox county Commission.

Construction is expected to start April 1.

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